Elizabeth Kucinich

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Elizabeth Kucinich
Elizabeth Kucinich by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Kucinich in 2015
BornElizabeth Jane Harper
(1977-10-22) 22 October 1977 (age 41)
North Ockendon, England, UK
Spouse(s)
Dennis Kucinich (m. 2005)
WebsiteElizabethKucinich.com

Elizabeth Jane Kucinich (née Harper; born 22 October 1977) is a British organic food and vegan[1] advocate. She has produced two documentaries and is married to the retired 8-term US Congressman[2] and two-time Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.

Early life[edit]

Born Elizabeth Jane Harper, daughter of Graham Harper and Julia Massey (divorced), she was brought up in North Ockendon in the London Borough of Havering,[3] England. She attended Coopers' Company and Coborn School in Upminster from 1989 to 1996.[4] According to her mother, as a girl Kucinich was always interested in human rights and the environment and circulated petitions on animal rights at school and lobbied Parliament from the age of 14 years.[4] After leaving school, she traveled alone to India for six months. There she went to Agra and volunteered at one of Mother Teresa's homes for India's poorest children. After completing her university education in 2002, Kucinich lived for 16 months in Tanzania, where she worked with Voluntary Services Overseas on education and HIV prevention programmes.[4]

Kucinich holds a BA in Religious Studies and Theology and an MA in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent[3][4][5] and also has a certificate in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University.[3]

Career[edit]

In 2005, after working with rural and urban poor in India and Tanzania, Kucinich moved to the USA to organize the first international conference on monetary reform for the American Monetary Institute.[3] She has also been the Director of Policy at the Center for Food Safety and the government affairs director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and a congressional liaison for the former President of the United Nations General Assembly.[6]

In December 2012 she launched a career selling real estate. "Real estate is a longtime passion," she said.[7]

Kucinich was on the board of directors of several organizations, including Sean Penn's Haitian relief organization, J/P HRO[6] and is on the board of the Rodale Institute;[8] In 2013 she became a Director of Policy with the Center for Food Safety,[9] and joined the board of directors of UNRWA USA in October 2014.[10]

Kucinich is executive producer of GMO OMG, which "arguably does for genetically modified organisms what Al Gore’s 2006 Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth did for climate change".[11] Kucinich is also the producer of the documentary "Hot Water", on radioactive contamination of ground water across the United States.[12]

She is listed as Professor Elizabeth Kucinich on the VC's Advisory Group at Coventry University.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Recently arrived from England she visited the office of Congressman Dennis Kucinich with her boss from the American Monetary Institute on 4 May 2005.[3] They have described this initial interaction as "soul recognition".[14] Kucinich's appearance has been noted in the media. Vanity Fair magazine named her among the nation's "best dressed" political wives[15] and Cleveland Magazine pegged her as "Cleveland's most interesting".[16] The Washington Post's Alexandra Petri described her as "a treasured District landmark" who as "an excellent example of genetics" could have had a Hollywood career.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gavin, Patrick (3 October 2012). "Kucinich wants D.C. to go vegan". Politico. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ Gavin, Patrick (10 December 2012). "Kucinich's wife launches realty site". Politico. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Theiss, Evelyn (30 October 2005). "How Kucinich Found Love". Common Dreams. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Craven, Nick (24 November 2007). "The Essex girl with a silver tongue stud who has her eyes on the White House". Daily Mail. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Capitol Weekly Interview: Elizabeth Kucinich". Capitol Weekly. 24 January 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Elizabeth Kucinich named policy chief for food safety group". The Hill.
  7. ^ "Elizabeth Kucinich becomes a real-estate agent; will keep public-affairs job, too". Washington Post. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Board of Directors". rodaleinstitute.org.
  9. ^ "Elizabeth Kucinich joins Center for Food Safety". Center for Food Safety. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  10. ^ "elizabeth kucinich joins unrwa usa board of directors to advance humanitarian assistance to palestine refugees". UNRWAUSA. October 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  11. ^ "GMO OMG : Press and Events". gmofilm.com.
  12. ^ "ZeroHotWater - Home". zerohotwater.com.
  13. ^ "VC's Advisory Group". Coventry University. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  14. ^ Copeland, Libby (5 December 2007). "The Love Song of Dennis Kucinich". The Washington Post.
  15. ^ "Vanity Fair Magazine names Elizabeth Kucinich among nation's "best dressed" political wives".
  16. ^ "Our Most Interesting People". Cleveland Magazine. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  17. ^ Petri, Alexandra (7 March 2012). "Good-bye to Mrs. Kucinich-and to the man with her". The Washington Post.

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